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Trevor Stephan earns Opening Day roster spot, adds power arm to bullpen

Morning news and notes for Monday, March 22, 2021

MLB: Cleveland Indians-Media Day USA TODAY NETWORK

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Cleveland Baseball Team News

Stephan wins job; Naylor slowed |

From Mandy Bell:

The Indians selected Stephan in the Rule 5 Draft this winter. Stephan said that he knew there was a chance he’d be taken in the Draft since the Yankees left him unprotected, and he was excited to hear that Cleveland gave him an opportunity to make it to the big leagues.

Between Class A Advanced and Double-A in New York’s organization in 2019, Stephan pitched to a 4.73 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) with 91 strikeouts and 29 walks in 80 innings. But when he came to camp with the Indians this spring, he was put in the bullpen and has a 2.45 ERA with 10 strikeouts and two walks in his first 7 1/3 frames.

“This kid came in and we told him, we said, ‘We Rule 5’d you because we like your arm,’” Francona said. “We kept him on our ballclub because we think he has poise. … There’s a lot to like about this kid. He was good. He goes, ‘I know this is just the beginning, I know I have a lot to prove.’ It was just a fun message.”

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